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SCREEN CAPTURE Capture screen­shots on any Win­dows ver­sion

I’ve read about many screen­shot pro­grams in the pages of Com­put­er­ac­tive. Most of th­ese seem a lit­tle too com­pli­cated for me. The one I’ve been us­ing for many years (from XP on­wards) is a tiny tool called Mws­nap ( In­stall and open it. Next, click ‘Any rect. Area’ on the left, then click the ‘Snap any area’ but­ton at the bot­tom (see screen­shot be­low).

Your PC screen will ap­pear zoomed in (slightly larger) so you get a bet­ter view of things. Click and drag your cur­sor to se­lect the area of your screen that you want to capture (this will open in Mws­nap). To save your file, click the File tab at the top left, ‘Save as’, change the ‘Save as type’ drop­down menu to PNG, then re­name and save the screen­shot on your PC. Hugh Rogers

SOUND PROB­LEMS Re­store au­dio to your PC

About four months ago, my 10year-old Dell desk­top PC sud­denly lost all sound. I car­ried out all the usual checks - check­ing ca­bles, up­dat­ing drivers and so on, but noth­ing worked. I even re­placed the sound card and tried a USB plug-in sound card, to no avail.

Then a few days ago, I came across ‘Tweak­ Win­dows Re­pair’ ( I re­mem­bered read­ing about it in Com­put­er­ac­tive, so I de­cided to try it.

Open the pro­gram, click the ‘Re­pairs - Main’ tab, then click the Open Re­pairs but­ton. Next, tick Restart/shut­down Sys­tem, then choose whether you want it to restart or shut down af­ter the scan. Fi­nally, click Start Re­pairs at the bot­tom (see screen­shot above right).

The whole scan took about three hours, most of which ap­peared to be fix­ing reg­istry er­rors and re­or­gan­is­ing files on my drive. When I switched on my PC af­ter the scan, my desk­top screen came on, fol­lowed by Win­dows’ fa­mil­iar ‘Ding Ding Ding Ding!’ wel­come sound.

I had my au­dio back. So I have to thank

IOS Reach iphone apps at top of your screen more eas­ily

I have short thumbs so I find it dif­fi­cult to reach icons at the top of my iphone’s screen when us­ing it with one hand. I re­cently dis­cov­ered a use­ful fea­ture (called Reach­a­bil­ity) that shrinks your iphone screen and slides it to­ward the bot­tom, thereby giv­ing you eas­ier ac­cess to icons at the top. To use it, sim­ply dou­ble-press the Home but­ton. Re­peat this ac­tion to re­turn your screen to nor­mal. Hugh Mar­shall

Nor­man A Clark

Tweak­ for such a fan­tas­tic re­pair pro­gram, and you, for a truly great mag­a­zine and all the su­perb free pro­grams you reg­u­larly rec­om­mend.

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